Irish women's basketball team headed to Europe on Saturday

The Irish women's basketball is headed on European vacation beginning on Saturday.

They'll play some basketball games along the way too.

Notre Dame will arrive in Paris on Sunday morning and begin a 10-day trip that will conclude in Rome.

"I'm still looking for some defense," head coach Muffet McGraw said laughing about what she is looking forward to the most. "Really it's not at basketball, it's just about going over there and enjoying a lot things."

On day one of the trip, the Irish will tour Paris, including a trip to the Eiffel Tower at night.

"It's going to be an experience of a lifetime," says Becca Bruszewski, who is making a first trip ever out of the U.S. "We're so blessed to get this opportunity."

"Who would have thought that playing basketball, we would get this opportunity to go over to France and Italy."

On Monday, they will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum before playing their first of three games on the trip against the French Junior National Team.

After spending Tuesday in Nice, the team will head to Monte Carlo and tour the Royal Palace on Wednesday.

On Thursday, they will be in Italy where they take a boat trip on Lake Como. At night, they will play their 2nd game of the trip in Milan. The team will spend Friday in Florence before heading to Rome on Saturday for their final game of the four.

That Sunday they will spend touring Rome, including the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona.

On Monday, the Irish will visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

The team will fly back to the states on Tuesday.

"It's a cultural experience for the girls and a bonding time," McGraw says. "I think we're going to get a lot out of it."

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